by John Murrihy

Amesbury Notices - 5 July 2021

This is the last week of school for Term 2 ....

What's on?

  • Regional Cross Country - Tuesday 6 July
  • Reports go live on HERO - Wednesday 7 July
  • Newlands Intermediate Trip - Thursday 8 July
  • Last day of Co-curricular Lessons - Friday 9 July
  • School Closes for the Term @ 3pm - Friday 9 July
  • First Day for Term 3 - Monday 26 July

Koru Hub - the year so far

In our series of teaching & learning in the hubs this term, we finish with Koru Hub.

Amaria has written a short but information packed article on what Koru Hub have been doing so far this year, with particular emphasis on the two inquiry modules.

Koru Hub parents are encouraged to read it, but other parents will find it very informative too.

Amesbury TV

The team have produced another episode of Amesbury TV for your viewing pleasure.

Disco - Rescheduled Date - Thursday 29 July

Due to the recent move to level 2 we, unfortunately, were unable to run our Disco this term. We have set a new date for the Disco which will now be held on Thursday 29th July. All of the details other than the date remain the same as originally planned. 

If you have already purchased a ticket for your child(ren), we thank you, and if you are yet to do so, tickets will be available again on the school shop from next week. 

Newlands Intermediate Trip - Thursday 8 July

After having our first visit postponed due to the move to Alert Level 2, we will now be taking our Year 6 students to Newlands Intermediate for a visit on Thursday 8th July. This will allow the students to take a look around the school and make some connections with the teachers and students at Newlands.

We will be leaving school at 8:45am so we ask that students are seated in the library by 8:30am with their bags and shoes. We will be returning to Amesbury at morning tea time, so it is fine to order pizza for lunch if desired. 

If you have already decided that your child will be attending another school next year and do not want them to come to Newlands with us, please email Kalesha to let her know. If we do not receive an email from you, we will assume that your child is attending.

Rāroa Intermediate School

Rāroa Intermediate Enrolments for 2022 are now open via the school website

Out of zone enrolments close on 31 August 2021. If you are intending to enrol your child at Rāroa Intermediate, they would appreciate all enrolments by this date.

Community Notices

Churton Park Garden Group

Matariki Special

Harvesting, growing and making Rongoā based on the Maramataka and how it's all connected - By Paula MacEwan

When: 13 July 2021, 7pm – 8.30pm

Where: Churton Park Community Centre

Atareira: Children's Programme

Image by: John Murrihy

Nga Manu Nature Reserve

July School Holidays: Discounted entry for the duration of the school holidays! Only $10 for adults and $5 for children (aged 5 - 17). Pack a picnic and come and enjoy a fun family day out in nature. At 2 pm (rain or shine) watch the Nga Manu eels being fed – purchase an eel feeding token for $2 to have a go at feeding an eel yourself. On the weekends you can also Join our free guided forest walk at 2:15pm - meet at our eel pond after the eel feeding.

Drawing Classes with Paul Forrest

14 July
Birds and Trees 10:30am – 11:45am
Plant Studies 12:30pm – 1:45pm

21 July
People and Trees in Motion 10:30am – 11:45am
Patterns in Nature 12:30pm – 2pm

Paul Forrest is a professional artist, environmentalist and educator based in Wellington. His works can be seen around the grounds of Nga Manu as well as throughout the country. Our drawing classes with Paul are designed for a parent & child or grandparent & grandchild or auntie/uncle & niece/nephew - a great way to spend some quality time together these holidays!

Price: $35.00 for one pair, this could be a grandparent and grandchild or parent and child.

For an additional child / grandchild add $15.00. This fee is inclusive of materials for the drawing lesson and entry to the reserve for the day.

Full Details and Bookings via our website:

Image by: John Murrihy

Tots to Teens

Your link to the latest Tots to Teens digi-magazine is

What’s in this issue for parents?

  • Wheezin' Sneezin' Freezin' - winter wellness
  • Vitamin C - why kids needs it
  • Little Learners - next stop, school!
  • Plan a Party - themes, entertainment, guests and foods
  • Bullying - signs and solutions
  • Creative Genius - drawing and music benefits
  • Money Chat - spending and saving for kids
  • Travel - winter wonderland
  • Gone Fishing - fun ways to enjoy fish
  • Family Fun - local activities for the whole family
  • AND Giveaways!